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Crime has not just been declining for decades, but for centuries!

It may be hard to believe, but statistical data shows that we are living during the most peaceful time in the history of the world. Atrocities like the Holocaust, Rwanda, and Darfur make it really hard to believe, though.

Hunter-gatherer societies lived up until 10,000 BC when governments and societies began to form and change the way of living. Speaking from percentage standpoints, there were more male deaths during that time per tribe than all the 20th century combined. Move forward to Bible times, there were so many wars between peoples and the punishment for most crimes was death.

Common in the Middle Ages and early modern times was to mutilate and torture for most crimes and use sadistic capital punishment like disembowling and burning at the stake. There was a long list of nonviolent crimes that were punishable by death, too. Also, slavery was more common than it is today. Though, it is very important to note that slavery is very much alive today and a multi-billion dollar industry in our world.

Homicides from the Middle Ages has greatly plummeted today and wars have also decreased significantly. Even from the 1950s until now there is a great decrease in deaths per war per year. In the 1950s it was 65,000 deaths per year per war and in the early 2000s it had decreased to 2,000. Genocide rates are down, too. We think our times are so violent because we have better press now that let's us know what is going on around us. We see the horrors, whereas before it wasn't well documented or publicized.


Sears paid $10k to a teen inventor and said his patent had no value. Sears used it to make $44 million!

Back in the 1960s, 17 year old Peter Roberts invented a major advancement in socket wrenches. He offered the patent to Sears, who was the world's largest retailer at the time. They told Roberts that his patent was valueless and offered him $10,000 for it.

They then went on to make $44 million off of the invention. Since then, Roberts has been in a legal battle with Sears costing millions of dollars. He is suing for defrauding him. The court of appeals keeps handing off to other districts and the case is the slowest in history.

Lawyers say it probably will never be completely resolved. Roberts will probably never receive what he really wants from Sears, but he has kept up the fight through thick and thin.


The US was ready to drop a nuclear bomb on Tokyo just four days after Japan surrendered!

The Empire of Japan surrendered on September 2, 1945 ending World War II. However, by the end of July 1945 the Imperial Japanese Navy was incapable of executing any missions and an invasion against the Japanese was only a matter of time.

Still, they pretended to be able to hold their own in public while privately speaking with the USSR about a peace agreement that would be in their favor. They didn't realize that the USSR was preparing an attack on Japan as they had agreed to do for Britain and the U.S. In two separate conferences.

On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and the second bomb dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. On August 15, 1945, Japan's emperor announced Japan's surrender. It was a good thing, too, because had he not done so just four days later a third atomic bomb was set to land on Tokyo. The surrender ceremony and ultimate end of the war happened on September 2, 1945 and Japan got to keep Tokyo intact.


15 TV Celebrity Facts You Don't Actually Need To Know

George Costanza had 43 girlfriends over the 9 seasons of Seinfeld!

Jason Alexander is forever immortalized as George Costanza, Jerry Seinfeld’s best friend, in the hit 90s sitcom Seinfeld. Costanza is neurotic, so neurotic that he starts seeing a shrink for awhile. He’s also misanthropic, thinking anything good that happens to him will bring him punishment from God. 

He overanalyzes everything and his shortcomings make him loveable and somehow very honest. It makes him go through girlfriends like crazy. Over the course of 9 seasons, Costanza has 43 girlfriends. At one point he gets engaged and tries that out, but it ends disastrously. 

His relationships last a very short while before they crash and burn, too, or fizzle out. George’s parents are Frank and Estella, who he lives with for awhile. He says he lost his virginity to Ms. Stafford, his homeroom teacher. 

Jerry humors his need to over express himself and overanalyze things. By the end of the series, George is womanless. 


Koko the gorilla specifically asked for a pet cat for her birthday!

Koko the gorilla is best known for being a sign-language speaking ape, believed by her handlers to know more than 1,000 signs. Her most humanizing characteristic has been the love and affection she has demonstrated toward her pet cats. Koko was first allowed a pet cat in 1985 after she specially requested one for her birthday.

She was even allowed to choose a kitten from a litter; a gray male Manx that she named "All Ball." Koko's gentle care and affection for All Ball was astounding to those on the outside who had never seen another animal treat another species as a pet before, but to Koko's handlers, who knew her well, it wasn't surprising at all.

Sadly, later that same year All Ball was struck by a car and killed while exploring the world outside of Koko's enclosure. Koko's mourning process after being told of the cat's death showed just how deep her emotional bond to the cat was. The following year, Koko was given two kittens. She named them "Lipstick" and "Smokey."



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